- Film Guide
The Kid With a Bike @ Oriental (Opens Fri, May 11)
(dirs. Jean-Pierre Dardenne & Luc Dardenne, Belgium/France/Italy, 2011)
Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at last year’s Cannes Film Festival and a Golden Globe nominee for Best Foreign Language Film, the deeply moving new film by the Dardenne brothers (L’enfant, Rosetta) delves into the emotional life of troubled 11-year-old Cyril. When his father abandons him, Cyril obsessively searches for his bicycle - placing his last bit of hope in this symbol of their relationship. The New York Times calls it "A quietly rapturous film about love and redemption," and the NY Film Festival gives you a run-down of why you should see this award-winning film. Watch the trailer for The Kid With a Bike.
Third Annual Zen Film Festival @ UWM Union Theater (Tonight! Thurs, May 10 @ 7pm)
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel @ Downer (Opens Fri, May 11)
Kinyarwanda on OnDemand and DVD
(dir. Alrick Brown, USA/France, 2011)
Winner of Sundance's World Cinema Audience Award in 2011, this film interweaves six different tales that together form one grand narrative, providing the most complex and real depiction yet presented of human resilience and life during the Rwandan genocide. No less than Robert Ebert named it to his top 20 films of the year and invited it to screen at his very own Ebertfest this year: "I was moved by Hotel Rwanda, but not really shaken this deeply. After seeing Kinyarwanda, I have a different kind of feeling about the genocide that took place in Rwanda in 1994." Watch the trailer for Kinyarwanda.
Student Film and Video Festival @ UWM Union Theatre (Fri, May 11 @ 7p)
You fancy yourself a discerning cinephile, no? Yes, yes, you do. And part of that discernment is not only having good taste in films, but also finding up-and-coming directors before the next gal on the block. Yes, indeedy. So you absolutely must be at the UWM Film Department's Student Film and Video Festival on Friday to scope out the new Milwaukee filmmaking talent coming down the pike. You never know which of these people will show up on our stage next. Place your bets, people.